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Mammoth's first snow of the season coats roads and village. Tahoe hit early too

It's snowing in the Sierra. Then again, when isn’t it snowing in the Sierra?

Mammoth Lakes got more than a dusting Thursday in the first snowfall of the season, with three inches reported in the village. Snow coated the roads so heavily that the plows were out, and locals left footprints on sidewalks.

The snow comes about a month earlier than usual and arrives just as the aspen are beginning to turn.

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Rail jam contests and Snoop Dogg to kick off Bear Mountain's snowboarding season (already?)

Expect to see snow and Snoop Dogg on Saturday at Hot Dawgz and Handrails, Bear Mountain’s kickoff event for the snowboarding season.

Snow and shaved ice will cover the course for rail jam competitions among top snowboarders at the Big Bear Lake ski resort.

In between and after the action, you can watch musical acts Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds at noon, singer-songwriter Andrew W.K.

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Knott’s Scary Farm sets meta maze inside a theme park ride

When Knott’s Halloween Haunt attraction designer Jon Cooke pitched the idea for a haunted maze set inside a theme park ride, everybody had the same response: “How have we not done this already?”

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A weekend escape to Santa's Village is not just for December anymore

Santa never looked so good. That’s because he has been updated from the 1950s to the 21st century. At least, that's what's happened to the Santa Claus dwelling in Skyforest, Calif. Most native Southern Californians older than 30 are familiar with the original Santa's Village, a small Alpine-themed park near Lake Arrowhead. The park ceased to exist in the late ’90s.

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Rabbis lead Jewish heritage tour to Southeast Asia's synagogues

Observe the Shabbat and discover the Jewish history and traditions of Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam on a 15-day tour escorted by two rabbis.

Highlights include dinner and services at Singapore’s historic Magen Aboth Synagogue; Shabbat at Myanmar’s Musmeah Synagogue, home to more than 120 Torah scrolls; and a talk with the chief rabbi of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Culver Hotel is hosting a masquerade party for Culver City's 100th birthday, and you're invited
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